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Wednesday, May 23, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Legionnaires' Disease found in Kansas Swimming Pools

 

Due to an increase in Legionnaires' disease, Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) requested the following information be sent to KRHA lodging members.  Please read the information to ensure your facility is controlling the risk. 

 

According to the CDC, Legionnaires’ (LEE-juh-nares) disease is a very serious type of pneumonia (lung infection) caused by bacteria called Legionella. In man-made settings Legionella can grow if water is not properly maintained. These man made water sources become a health problem when small droplets of water that contain the bacteria get into the air and people breathe them in.

 

Lodging establishments often have factors that can increase the risk of Legionnaires’ disease in patrons:

  1. Having a hot tub/spa that is not drained between each use; and
  2. Having multiple units and a centralized water system.

In fact, there have been a few cases of Legionnaires’ disease associated with Kansas lodging establishments over the past few years.

 

Fortunately, there is a toolkit available to help operators limit the risk. The toolkit is available at https://www.cdc.gov/legionella/downloads/toolkit.pdf.

 

 

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is happy to answer any questions you have about Legionnaires disease.  Please contact the program at (785) 564-6767 or KDA.FSL@ks.gov if you have additional questions. 


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